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Olympus and card problem

Howdy, i'm having a problem with my camera and card. I accidently pressed a button to format my photo's and it said ' busy erasing photo's' i opened the cover and took the battery out to prevent this happening and when i turned it back on the only option i have is to either format or turn my camera off. i tried to put the photos onto the computer but it says the device is not ready. i'm worried i have lost all my photos, or will. Please help! thank you.

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Hi. Thanks for your question, it helped me solve the same problem on my 720 SW. I don't know what initialised the problem but I had the same result - when I turned the power on I only had the option to format the memory card or turn the camera off. The solution was to take the memory card out and download the pictures using a card reader connected to my laptop. When I re-inserted the card and turned the camera on it worked normally. To make sure that everything was again OK I formatted the memory card to make sure it was properly re-set. Good luck and thanks. Rob

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